Tour museums around the world - virtually!
With spring break coming up, and coronavirus shutting down a lot of favorite pasttimes some people may get a little disheartened by all the things they won't be able to do. But that doesn't have to be the case! You can explore the world from the safety of your clean, sterile, and coronavirus-free home. We've put together a bunch trips you can take anytime!
Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, and more might be taking some time off during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak as Disney World and Disneyland are closed for at least a few weeks, but you can still experience some of that magic while everyone is cooped up at home. With a quick visit to YouTube, you and your kids can be momentarily transported to Orlando.
The nation's premier publicly owned art museum has more than 42,000 pieces of art to look at and a pair of special exhibits featuring 17th century Dutch master, Johannes Vermeer, and a survey of American fashion from 1740 to 1895.
Many of the Smithsonian Institution's 20 museums offer virtual tours (so you can spend a morning in Air and Space, lunch at the National History Museum, and spend the afternoon checking out some amazing portraits. Two of the more popular exhibits are "First Ladies" and "Portraits of African Americans."
Most people may not have heard of Sohpie Taeuber-Arp, a Swiss artist important in the avant garde movement. The 129-piece online display highlights her work.
You could spend days exploring the works and artists housed in the MET. There are more than 200,000 pieces on display online, split into 26 exhibits. You can tour the museum by room and by object.
As a member of the team that just returned from New York City and saw the blue whale in person, it's definitely something to check out in person. But the museum offers hours of educational fun. There are three exhibits online, including the museum's wildly popular (get it?) dioramas of animal habitats, and some highlights from the museum. Kids can even see dinosaurs, elephants, and really big turtles. They make it possible to even search by specific topics.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) in the world. The permanent collection includes over 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh, 500 drawings and more than 750 letters.
The National Gallery Collection contains over 2,300 works, including many famous works, such as van Eyck’s 'Arnolfini Portrait', Velázquez’s 'Rokeby Venus', Turner’s 'Fighting Temeraire' and Van Gogh’s 'Sunflowers'. Exhibits date back to the 13th century and include many World Masters.
Get ready for a lot of modern art! The Guggenheim features some impressive works from modern artists that feature sand blowing, glass work, and Latin American art.
The Pinacoteca contains one of Italy’s biggest collections of Italian paintings, including masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio and Modigliani.
From Egyptian to Gregorian Etruscan to contemporary art, this museum contains several museums! You could spend days learning about their collection.
Then the archaeological museum of Athens is for you: from vases and ceramics to metalworking and sculptures, you can feel like you’re on top of the Mount Olympus in just a few clicks.
You can take a virtual tour of the most famous rooms, thanks to the site’s interactive option. Mona Lisa is not this museum’s only treasure - it has something for everyone, from mummies to the Venus of Milo to 19th century paintings.